Talking Allergies

residue on fruit/vegetables
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Author:  gem [ Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:52 am ]
Post subject:  residue on fruit/vegetables

Has anyone had any experience with an anaphylaxic reaction caused by traces of nut oil/residue on fruit or vegetables? DD went into full anaphylaxis last night and I can't figure out what it could be.

Author:  gwentheeditor [ Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: residue on fruit/vegetables

So sorry to hear it - how is she doing?

RE coatings: see the wax coatings part here:

Was the fruit from a grocery store or market that also sells loose nuts? It might be worth questioning the handling of these. e.g. is there possible cross-contact in the handling - bins, gloves?

I would also advise CFIA (Can. Food Insp. Agency), because they track allergic reactions and it does affect their labelling changes.

Keep us posted. Hope little one feels better.

Author:  gem [ Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: residue on fruit/vegetables

Thanks for the link and the concern , Gwen.

She is fine now. I rinsed all the fruit but maybe I need to be more vigilant and wash with fruit and veg. wash.

I hate allergies.

Author:  PrairieGal [ Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: residue on fruit/vegetables

What if you peel the fruit? I've heard that may help.

Author:  Alison's Mom [ Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:54 pm ]
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I've thought about this after hearing of another allergy mom's experience at a store where they were emptying a box of loose peanuts into a bin right by the fruit/veg area, and there was dust from the peanuts flying everywhere.

After that, I have been diligent about washing loose fruit/veg, and will also peel fruit, esp if it's not organic. If it is organic, then I wash the outside with warm water and soap before rinsing and eating.

Good luck in finding the culprit - it must be so frustrating to not know what caused it.

Author:  _Susan_ [ Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:42 pm ]
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I hate to even suggest this but...could she have developed an allergy to a fruit or vegetable?

Sometimes people with a food/plant allergy can be sensitive to foods/plants in the same botanical group. People with peanut allergy may be sensitive to other legumes. Birch / apple family allergies cross-reactivity is pretty common. People with latex sensitivity may also be sensitive to some foods. As always, check with your medical practitioner before making major diet changes. Dietitians are an underused resource! ... tm#hampong

Author:  gem [ Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:46 pm ]
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I hope not...sigh. We go for our allergist check up next month so I guess I'll find out then.

Author:  CracklinRosi [ Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: residue on fruit/vegetables

I always avoid any fruit/vege that's even remotely close to my allergens for the simple fact that people use their hands to check these fruits/veges. And washing everything is a must, even if I'm going to be peeling it after.

I hate it when they have loose peanuts in the fruit/vege section, too. I usually end up taking a deep breath and really motoring past. You'd think with the peanut allergies there are these days, that open bins of peanuts would become a thing of the past! :confused

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